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Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2018-10988
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). Under this matching program, OCSE will provide SSA the quarterly wage and unemployment insurance information from the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH) for administration of Title II Disability Insurance (DI). The computer matching agreement governs the use, treatment, and safeguarding of the information exchanged. SSA will use the quarterly wage information to establish or verify eligibility, continuing entitlement, or payment amounts, or all of the above, of individuals under the DI program. SSA will use the unemployment insurance information to establish or verify eligibility, continuing entitlement, or payment amounts, or all of the above, of individuals under the DI program if SSA is legally required to use the unemployment insurance information for such purposes.
Extension of Expiration Date for Endocrine Disorders Body System Listings
Document Number: 2018-10867
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-05-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration date of Endocrine Disorders body system in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations. We are making no other revisions to the body system in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body system at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Rescission of Social Security Ruling 05-02; Titles II and XVI: Determination of Substantial Gainful Activity if Substantial Work Activity Is Discontinued or Reduced-Unsuccessful Work Attempt
Document Number: 2018-10249
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Office of the Commissioner gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Ruling (SSR) 05-02.
Rescission of Social Security Rulings Related to Special Payments at Age 72
Document Number: 2018-09911
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(1), the Acting Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Rulings (SSR): SSR 67-28; SSR 68-13; SSR 68-36; SSR 68- 37; SSR 68-52; SSR 68-78; SSR 70-23c; SSR 72-27; and SSR 74-27c.
Removal of Special Payments at Age 72
Document Number: 2018-09910
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-05-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are removing from the Code of Federal Regulations our ``Special Payments at Age 72'' rules because they are obsolete. We are removing these rules in accordance with the requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13777.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-09802
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Musculoskeletal Disorders
Document Number: 2018-08889
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-05-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving musculoskeletal disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). These proposed revisions reflect our adjudicative experience, advances in medical knowledge and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, and recommendations from medical experts.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-09362
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled, Anti-Fraud Enterprise Solution (AFES) (60-0388), hereinafter called the AFES Record System. The AFES Record System is an agency-wide and overarching system that includes the ability to detect, prevent, and mitigate fraud in SSA's programs. The AFES Record System will collect and maintain personally identifiable information (PII) to assist in identifying suspicious or potentially fraudulent activities performed by individuals across all the agency's programs and service delivery methods. This notice publishes details of the system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2018-08462
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Proposed Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay Period
Document Number: 2018-08231
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-04-20
Agency: Agency for International Development, Agencies and Commissions, Department of Transportation, Social Security Administration, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs
In a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The 2018 Requirements were scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). The departments and agencies listed in this document have also published an interim final rule delaying the effective date and general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for six months, to cover the time period of January 19, 2018 until July 19, 2018. As per the interim final rule, the effective date of the 2018 Requirements is now July 19, 2018. The departments and agencies listed in this document propose delaying the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional six months, for the time period of July 19, 2018 until January 21, 2019. This proposed rule is intended to provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements. This proposed rule, if finalized, would require regulated entities to continue to comply with the requirements of the current Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. This proposal also takes comment on whether to permit institutions to implement, for certain research studies, the following provisions in the 2018 Requirements during the period from July 19, 2018, until January 21, 2019, that the general compliance date is delayed. Those three provisions, intended to reduce burdens on regulated entities, are the 2018 Requirements' definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research, the allowance for no annual continuing review of certain categories of research, and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications related to the research. The way that this option is proposed, regulated entities would be required to comply with all pre- 2018 Requirements during the period that the general compliance date is delayed, except for provisions substituted by the three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements. As described in section III, below, this flexibility is proposed only for studies for which an institution makes a choice to transition to comply with the 2018 Requirements, beginning on July 19, 2018. In order to clearly describe this proposed flexibility, including how it would impact institutions choosing to transition research to comply with the 2018 Requirements, this document proposes a redrafted transition provision.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-06689
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Extension of Expiration Dates for Two Body System Listings
Document Number: 2018-06671
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-04-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Special Senses and Speech and Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-05627
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-03-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)
Document Number: 2018-05240
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-03-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2018-04631
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-03-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Under this matching program, IRS will provide SSA certain return information for administration of Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Public Availability of Social Security Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2018-03650
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, we are publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2016 Service Contract inventory. This inventory provides information on FY 2016 service contract actions over $25,000. We organized the information by function to show how we distribute contracted resources throughout the agency. We developed the inventory in accordance with guidance issued on December 19, 2011 by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ procurement/memo/service-contract-inventory-guidance.pdf. You can access the inventory and summary of the inventory on our homepage at the following link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/sci.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2018-02956
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program that we are currently conducting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which IRS will disclose to SSA certain return information for the purpose of establishing the correct amount of Medicare Part B premium subsidy adjustments and Medicare Part D premium increases under sections 1839(i) and 1860D-13(a)(7) of the Social Security Act (Act). (42 U.S.C. 1395r(i) and 1395w-113(a)(7) (42 U.S.C. 1395r(i) and 1395w-113(a)(7)), as enacted by section 811 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA; Pub. L. 108-173) and section 3308 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-148).
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2018-01967
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). This computer matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which VA/VBA will provide SSA with compensation and pension payment data. This disclosure will provide SSA with information necessary to verify an individual's self-certification of eligibility for the Medicare Prescription Drug (Medicare Part D) subsidy (Extra Help). It will also enable SSA to identify individuals who may qualify for Extra Help as part of the agency's Medicare outreach efforts.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-01947
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-01
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
Document Number: 2018-00997
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-01-22
Agency: Agency for International Development, Agencies and Commissions, Department of Transportation, Social Security Administration, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs
In a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
Penalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
Document Number: 2018-00487
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration is giving notice of its updated maximum civil monetary penalties. These amounts are effective from January 15, 2018 through January 14, 2019. These figures represent an annual adjustment for inflation. The updated figures and notification are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-00396
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-12
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Extension of Sunset Date for Attorney Advisor Program
Document Number: 2018-00058
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-01-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending for six months our rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing proceedings and to issue fully favorable decisions. The current rule is scheduled to expire on February 5, 2018. In this final rule, we are extending the sunset date to August 3, 2018. We are making no other substantive changes.
Request for Information on Strategies To Improve Adult Outcomes for Youth Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Document Number: 2017-28397
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which provides means-tested payments to the elderly, blind, and disabled, including children. This request for information (RFI) seeks public input on strategies for improving the adult economic outcomes of youth ages 14 to 25 with disabilities receiving SSI. The input we receive will inform our deliberations about potential policy changes and the design of future demonstration projects for transition-age SSI recipients.
Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives in 2018
Document Number: 2017-28218
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing that the assessment percentage rate under the Social Security Act (Act), is 6.3 percent for 2018.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-27848
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2018
Document Number: 2017-27105
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are republishing the Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2018 with revisions to the average wage index and certain related dollar amounts. Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 2.0 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2017. In addition, the national average wage index for 2016 is $48,642.15. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Extension of Expiration Dates for Four Body System Listings
Document Number: 2017-27086
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, and Skin Disorders. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-26167
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Consolidating the Retirement Research Consortium and the Disability Research Consortium Into the Retirement and Disability Research Consortium
Document Number: 2017-25528
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We intend to consolidate the current Retirement Research Consortium (RRC) and Disability Research Consortium (DRC) into a single program with a scope equivalent to the two currently existing programs. This single program will address issues related to Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-25282
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-24387
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2018
Document Number: 2017-23522
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Under title II of the Social Security Act (Act), there will be a 2.0 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits effective December 2017. In addition, the national average wage index for 2016 is $48,664.73. The cost-of-living increase and national average wage index affect other program parameters as described below.
Social Security Disability Program Demonstration Project: Promoting Opportunity Demonstration (POD)
Document Number: 2017-23521
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-30
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are announcing a demonstration project for the Social Security disability program under title II of the Social Security Act (Act). Under this project, we will modify program rules applied to beneficiaries who work and receive title II disability benefits. We are required to conduct the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration (POD), in compliance with section 823 of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015. In this project, we will test simplified work incentives and use a benefit offset based on earnings as an alternative to rules we currently apply to title II disability beneficiaries who work. Under the benefit offset, we will reduce title II disability benefits by $1 for every $2 that a beneficiary earns above a certain threshold. We will select beneficiaries and offer them the opportunity to volunteer for the project. When we make the selection, we will include beneficiaries who receive title II disability benefits only as well as beneficiaries who receive both title II disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on disability or blindness under title XVI of the Act. We are modifying rules that apply to the title II program and the Ticket to Work program under title XI. We will continue to apply the usual SSI program rules for participants who receive SSI payments in addition to title II disability benefits.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-23389
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are currently conducting with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-23386
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are currently conducting with DOL.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/the Department of Labor (DOL)-Match Number 1003)
Document Number: 2017-23385
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with DOL.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2017-23342
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-23326
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are currently conducting with the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE).
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2017-23280
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we are currently conducting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This computer matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which IRS will disclose to SSA certain return information for the purpose of verifying eligibility for the Prescription Drug Subsidy Program (Subsidy) and or determining the correct subsidy percentage of benefits provided under section 1860D-14 of the Social Security Act (Act).
Social Security Ruling 16-3p Titles II And XVI: Evaluation Of Symptoms In Disability Claims
Document Number: 2017-23143
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are republishing SSR 16-3p, a ruling that rescinded and superseded SSR 96-7p, with a revision detailing how we apply the SSR as it relates to the applicable date. We changed our terminology from ``effective date'' to ``applicable date'' based on guidance from the Office of the Federal Register. We also updated citations to reflect the revised regulations that became effective on March 27, 2017. This Ruling is otherwise unchanged, and provides guidance about how we evaluate statements regarding the intensity, persistence, and limiting effects of symptoms in disability claims under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act) and blindness claims under Title XVI of the Act.
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2017-22961
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 17-4p; Titles II and XVI: Responsibility for Developing Written Evidence
Document Number: 2017-21252
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 17-4p. This SSR clarifies our responsibilities and the responsibilities of a claimant and a claimant's representative to develop evidence and other information in disability and blindness claims.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-19865
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-19
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 17-3p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)
Document Number: 2017-19551
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 17-3p. This SSR provides guidance on SCD and how we evaluate SCD in disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-19389
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-13
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-18248
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Neurological Disorders; Correction
Document Number: 2017-17724
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-08-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We published final rules in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016, that revised the Listing of Impairments (Listings) for the neurological body system. That document inadvertently omitted a reference. This document amends and corrects the final rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-17269
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-16
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2017-16331
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act we are issuing public notice of our intent to establish a new system of records entitled, Customer Engagement Tools (CET) Record System (60-0383), hereinafter called the CET Record System. We will use this system to maintain the information we collect during our electronic communications with those individuals who have created a my Social Security account and have been authenticated to use online electronic services via the my Social Security web portal, and who choose to communicate with us using an electronic communication method, such as the Click-to-Chat tool. This notice publishes details of the system as set forth under the caption SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.